IHateDuke - I don't know about Braun, but Malone MOVED to Cedarburg prior to her sophomore year. There was no "transfer" issue there... None.
So, I am not sure the "1 year eligibility suspension rule" is the answer. I think you ought to play in your community. You weigh the pros and cons of a community, and if you don't like it - maybe you move. If you can't move, then you don't.
But to allow kids and their parents to exploit and make a farce of the "educational" aspect of a transfer - just for basketball purposes - now that is just wrong. You know it, I know it, we all know it.
That is the most disappointing factor of all.
I disagree. There maybe economic reasons for not being able to get up and move. Whatever those reasons are, why is it anyone's business? Is it reasonable and of sound jugement and parenting to stiffle a kids opportunities and happiness because a huge "good old boy" network within the school board/athletic dept. continues to function in an dysfunctional manner thereby not allowing the child to grow to his/her potential? I think it takes allot of maturity for a child to leave a community and go somewhere they feel comfortable and happy. Allot of character for a child to make the decision which will continue to be rehashed by those disgruntled parents who live their ill faded ambitions through the lives of their children and their children's accomplishments. The bottom line here are the effects of the two emotions which push everyone's buttons... greed and fear - and the close cousin of jealousy. Should a parent allow a child to lose interest in their sport/hobby/activity because of a variable (coach choice) which is beyond their control. NO, the parent can only do what is within their power for the benefit of the child. In some situations, it is best to not fight the system but remove yourself from the situation which you indeed have no control or influence to change and do what you have control over - open enrollment. Enough is enough... We all have the option of open enrollment or we can get on hear and B.S/complain and accomplish nothing... some very examples of that which branch off of the tree of poor sportsmanship are the open criticism of players by parents of team mates and relatives of players team mates.... give it a rest
Creating allstar teams to compete makes the tourament unfair.It is pretty simple if you chose to THINK about it.